Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program

Neighborhood traffic calming project idea

Apply for funding to help slow neighborhood traffic and increase pedestrian safety

The City of Vancouver has several opportunities for Vancouver residents to help slow neighborhood traffic and increase pedestrian safety. In 2016, the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program allocated approximately $170,000 for traffic calming projects.

The 2016 Traffic Calming Program included two project tracks: 1) project proposals that contain only signing and striping elements; and 2) project proposals that include a physical traffic calming device such as speed cushions, pedestrian refuge islands, curb extensions, radar feedback signs or street trees. Each project track had its own funding allocation and was evaluated on a separate timeline. A new 2017 program will be announced in January.

BACKGROUND: City of Vancouver and NTSA offer program to help residents slow neighborhood traffic

In March of 2013, the City of Vancouver, working in conjunction with the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance (NTSA), launched the revitalized Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program, with tips and possible project opportunities for residents seeking to slow local traffic while creating a more livable community.

The City and the NTSA, an organization of citizen volunteers from Vancouver’s neighborhoods who advocate for neighborhood traffic safety, worked jointly on developing this program. The city had previously phased out its Neighborhood Traffic Management Program in 2010 due to limited resources and budget shortfalls, but continued to look for innovative ways to help neighborhoods throughout Vancouver address concerns about traffic speeds and volumes. Collaborative efforts of NTSA leaders and city staff have led to this program.

The Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program takes a citywide approach to help neighborhood associations manage traffic and address high priority needs within residential areas. This program has been set up with limited resources to allow residents to take the initiative when seeking traffic calming solutions while providing the most benefit for their neighborhoods and community.

A step-by-step guide and toolbox of possible traffic calming methods help neighborhoods through the process, beginning with interested residents attending a Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance meeting, submitting a pre-application and circulating an informal petition to show neighborhood support. This is a competitive process that allows residents to apply for limited program funding.

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